Women's Tennis Jumps to No. 14

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COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M women's tennis team made another ascent in the national rankings, jumping 12 spots to a season-high No. 14 in the FILA computerized rankings, administered and released today by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The last time A&M was ranked higher was May 4, 2004, when the Aggies were listed No. 13.

A&M, whose all-time highest ranking is a No. 9 showing on March 28, 2001, made the climb after blanking then-No. 20 Colorado and also defeating Oklahoma, 6-1, last week in College Station.

The Aggies are 14-3 overall, equaling the programs best start after 17 matches. In addition, A&M is 10-0 in home matches and is tied with Texas atop the Big 12 Conference standings with a 5-0 record.

Stanford, Notre Dame, Florida, Southern California and Georgia make up the top five teams in the national ranking. A&M is the highest ranked team representing the Big 12. No. 16 Baylor is the only other team from the Big 12 listed in the top 25. Other conference teams ranked in the FILA top 75 are No. 29 Colorado, No. 36 Texas, No. 52 Oklahoma State, No. 69 Texas Tech and No. 75 Nebraska.

The Aggies return to action Saturday as they play host to the Rice Owls on “Dollar Day”. First serve is at 1:30 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, and general admission tickets, popcorn, drinks and candy can be purchased for $1 each.

Following the Rice match, A&M has only three home matches remaining in the regular season. The Aggies host defending Big 12-champion Baylor, Wednesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. On Saturday, April 14, the Aggies celebrate “Senior Day” and will honor Sarah Foster, Anna Lubinsky and Nicki Mechem prior to the 11 a.m. match against Texas Tech.

A&M concludes its home schedule Sunday, April 15 against Oklahoma State. First serve is at 1:30 p.m.